Health In The Modeling World: Israel Passes Law to Ban Underweight Models

The future looks healthy within the modeling and fashion industry. More and more people want less retouching in general, people want to see change on the covers and on runways. We're seeing more being done to make health a priority in the modeling world. Recently, Israel took a step in banning underweight models. The definition of 'underweight' is having a BMI of under 18.5. Although this is just one country, we'll see trends like this progress more regularly as time goes on. 

One of the lawmakers, Rachel Adato, writes:

"We believe that by this bill there will be a new way to protect the kids and a new way to look what is beautiful. Beautiful is not underweight. Beautiful shouldn't be anorexia. Anorexia is a very, very dangerous disease and that's the reason, that's the justification why we need this legislation."

In 2006, a couple of underweight models actually died due to the weight issue. A couple of countries, including India, have also banned underweight models as well.

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[Via IBTimes]

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Joseph Côté's picture

I like how the example "professional photographer" had his lens hood on his lens backward... Good thing he was relying on autofocus!

Elliott Montello's picture

He was inside i.e he didn't need his lens hood on. Rather then put it down somewhere it may get lost you put it on the lens backwards...doesn't mean he is any less professional, and why not use autofocus in a studio space when you have a zoom lens on? Why would they make fast lenses with AF if it wasn't going to get used?

David Dvir's picture

Thank you lol.  Why do people feel they must moan on about trivial nonsense.  There's probably 1,000 moments a day where if you take a cameraphone (which is what that shot looks like) photo of me I look like I don't know a camera from my own butt..  

Miles Cave's picture

About time!

James Darden's picture

BMI is such a misleading criteria to use.  For all intense and purposes, I would be considered overweight because I'm 5'7" and weigh 205 +/- a pound or two.  I guess it's place to start when it comes to the eliminating the Kate Moss look.

Martinvh's picture

BMI is "fun" aslong as you use these calculations on "normal/average" people. BMI goes flat on it's face when it meets people who sport,... or better yet intensivly sport. I myself was a bodybuilder  a few years ago,... I tried to fill in such a form from which your BMI is concluded,... end result was I was that much overweighted that i needed quick medical attention :D
At that point I was at a Fat % of 7 in prep for a show,....(and would be lower on the show) 

point of my story is,.... If you do sports, heavy work or something else that your body is adjusting to,... in that case BMI does not work! And as far as i know,... models DO sport!

I think it would be better to set a minimum percentage of BF (body-fat). Yes each person differs from another,... but there is a limit to a point where it's not healthy anymore,.. and that point is the same or should be the same for everyone!

AtticCat's picture

BMI really isn't a good way to tell if someone is healthy or not though. I'm completely healthy and have tried gaining weight (failing to do so) but my BMI came up as 16.9 when i put my info into a quick online BMI calculator (but it may not be accurate, for reference i'm 5'8" and around 111lb ) 

Angela Maddams's picture

BMI has little or no bearing on health. Correlation is not causation, being sick makes you thin not the other way. People who are naturally thin are not unhealthy, sure ban eating disorders but not arbitrary details like this. Most bulimics have a BMI above 18.5. 

This does nothing with health. If it did obese models would also be banned. It's unnecessarily punitive to women who are natural thin. It also send the message naturally slim women that there is something wrong with their bodies.